a form of non-verbal communication in which visible bodily actions communicate particular messages, either in place of speech or together and in parallel with spoken words.

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Is shaking a device to refresh an accepted behavior?

I have an app that displays downloaded information that is cached. I could use valuable space to include a button that is used to re-download the information, or I could simply add a "shake the device ...
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Most intuitive zoom gesture that isn't tap-to-zoom/pinch-to-zoom?

With Apple claiming the Tap to Zoom and Pinch to Zoom patents and possibly enforcing them, what is an alternative that is intuitive and still distinct from tap/pinch?
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Symbol for “Swipe Left” [closed]

I'm working on an app that displays a list of ten items (text items) on the screen at a time. If there are more than ten items, the user should be able to "swipe" from right to left to see the next ...
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What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
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For touchscreen interaction, are there benefits to knowing a user's preferred hand?

The generally accepted answer to the question on Left-handed persons and usability is that rather than asking users which hand they use in order to determine your layout, you should let them choose ...
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How do users learn about various gestures that are used on touch screens?

How does the user learn about various gesture in the interfaces? Does the ipad or android device have inbuilt gestural instructions when someone buys a new device? Does it demonstrate the gestures ...
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Multimodal interfaces - best practices

What are best practices in using multimodal interface approaches, e.g. combination of haptic interfaces, voice commands, gestures?
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Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...
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Multitouch gesture Interaction: Beyond the pinches and swipes.

A mixed bag of interaction and expectation... You are using the photo app on the iP(hone/od/ad) you know there are a few familiar gestures to interact. Tap to select an image. Swipe left or right ...
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Are there any conventions for mobile behavior when swiping left/right?

I'm working on a new platform for mobile. In this platform, the gesture of swiping left (from right to left) acts differently in different contexts. On an object (a rectangle with details) it opens ...
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Are there applications or methods for comfortable coding on touch screen devices? [closed]

Coding usually involves a lot of typing, but on touch screen devices too much typing is quite tedious. Some of that typing could be replaced by autocompletion or autogeneration of code and therefore ...
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Initializing gesture from continuous input (computer vision multitouch “click”)

I asked a similar question awhile back, but not exactly the same. I have some multitouch hardware (Microsoft Kinect) that tracks the user in realtime. What is the best technique for initiating a ...
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Swipe to expand/collapse left hand navigation

My Android application has a left hand navigation menu similar to the Google TV left hand menu bar. I can programmatically collapse and expand it to make more or less room on the screen. In the narrow ...
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iPad tap to edit text: how intuitive is this / how can I make it clear to users?

I am building the following iPad UI, and it includes a "tap-to-edit" feature: I personally like this type of UX - I like UIs where a user can interact directly with a document. However, I'm ...
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5answers
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How can I teach the user a new gesture?

Our team is building a tool that requires a specific gesture on touch-based devices. How can we teach the user this gesture?
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Tap or Drag to mark a specific point?

The scenario We have a screen with a view containing many small symbols. The user will have to choose a single element. In order to find the correct element, he'll have to pinch and pan. As you can ...
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Best range of swipe angles

I have a list that can be scrolled vertically, the entries of which are removed by swiping horizontally. I've found that limiting the left/right swiping to strictly horizontal makes it hard to ...
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What kind of feedback is appropriate for a two-finger drag gesture?

In a mobile app, I have a two-finger drag gesture as an advanced feature. I already know about the discoverability problems with multi-touch gestures, and this question is not about that aspect. The ...
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1answer
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Would a shake-to-scroll-to-the-top scroll view annoy users?

I have a very functional and minimal application where I try to maintain functionality and screen real estate at the same time. My scroll view takes up the whole screen and I would like it to stay ...
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Photoshop Layer for Demonstrating Gestures on iOS

I'm building demonstration screenshots of how to use an app and would love to be able to show tap, drag, pinch, and zoom events. This video shows some really good ones: http://vimeo.com/19347629 ...
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Selecting quite a lot of Size and Quantity

This UI is for a B2B web ecommerce page, where a buyer can enter quantities for multiple sizes of a product. They first click a size in the top row which reveals up/down arrows on the qty, which the ...
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Definition on Touch Gestures

Are there any non-platform specific definitions of touch gestures, that are typically used for devices like Android or iPhone. I'm trying to write a specification for a multi-platform product that ...
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What is the preferred way to toggle fullscreen vs fullscreen with panels on iPhone/iPad?

I have a full screen iPad app that deals with graphics. The user has full screen as canvas, with extra controls added along the bottom and right side of the screen. I'm looking for an intuitive way ...
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What methods can I use to develop a gesture library?

There don't seem to be many universally recognised patterns for 3D gestures, such as you might use to interact with something like the Kinect. A previous question looks at Kinect gestures, but there ...
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Mimicking touch gestures with JavaScript

I am making a Web page where normally, the user navigates some content by clicking "Next" and "Previous" arrows. For people who use the Web page from a touch device, I can either leave the arrows as ...
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Long press (press & hold) gesture in iOS app

I was wondering if this gesture is as commonly found in iPhone and iPad as in Android apps, or if it is more used in iPad than in iPhone or vice versa. I personally don't use this gesture very ...
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Mouse over gesture in touch interface [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices? I'm looking for a touch gesture/ other solution that would replace a mouse over indication ( like we see ...
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Existing touch gestures meaning “create new”?

I'm looking for any existing touch gestures that mean "create new" (e.g. "create new document", "create new graph", "create new tweet", etc). Can anyone cite any existing "create new" gestures?
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Which is the best metaphor or gesture for a radio button (YES/NO) on touch screen interface?

I need to design a radio button for selecting/deselecting items using gestures. The app is on Surface tablet. Users can select/deselect a vehicle they are intersted in. I would like to go beyond ...
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Android widget : how to tell users that a similar looking control does not perform same?

In my android application I am developing a desktop widget that mirrors many important tasks supported by my application. This widget contains two buttons that mirroring their counterparts in the app ...
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2answers
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UI gestures for Kinect, Kinect-type devices

On touch screen devices, there appears to have evolved a standard set of gestures, e.g. pinch and spread with two fingers for zoom in and zoom out swipe with one finger to scroll a document We're ...
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Same gesture for multiple actions in a mobile app?

Say we are have a TODO list app. Our app has just one view for simplicity: 1. Left swipe shows menu on the right (similar to facebook chat on right) 2. Right swipe shows menu on the left (similar to ...
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What is the touchable trigger distance for iOS7's back gesture?

One of the screens in my app has progress slider with draggable handle. Currently this conflicts with the iOS 7 back navigation swipe gesture from left edge of the screen. You can't select the handle ...
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Good UI for switching between timelines of different scales [closed]

Looking for some examples of gestural interaction designs for switching quickly between different time horizons – e.g. day, week, month, year, multiple years
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What are the most common modifier keys for zooming and panning with mouse and keyboard?

In a Windows Desktop application, I have a diagram control which allows zooming, panning, selection of one or several items and drag and drop of elements in the diagram. I need to decide how to ...